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Dr. Elaine Hsieh

Professor, Communication
University of Oklahoma

TEL: 405-325-3154
Email: Elaine Hsieh

COURSES TAUGHT

University of Oklahoma
COMM6433: Seminar in Intercultural Communication
This course offers an overview of the process of communication between individuals of differing cultural backgrounds. It examines potential sources of intercultural misunderstanding and conflict, and explores ways to enhance communication effectively in dealing with cultural strangers.
COMM 5810: Seminar: Communicating Identities in Health and Illness
This seminar examines diverse theoretical and methodological approaches to understanding the interrelationships among communication, identity/self, and health/illness. Although there is an emphasis on the social processes of enacting identity in face-to-face interactions, we also sample theories with a more social cognitive emphasis and issues related to mass media communication. The class is designed to assist students in comparing and contrasting different conceptualizations, theories, and methods by examining a wide variety of issues so that the students can make informed choices about theory and method in their own research.
COMM 5313: Qualitative Research Methods
This course concerns the range of qualitative methods employed in the social sciences, especially communication. Sample methods covered in this class include ethnography of communication, participant observation, various types of interviews, conversation analysis, content analysis, grounded theory, and ethical issues.
COMM 5263: Health Communication
This seminar examines diverse theoretical and methodological approaches to understanding the interrelationships among communication, identity/self, and health/illness. The specific communicative contexts and settings that are covered in this class include: conflicts, business, health and illness, identity management, interpersonal communication, language perspectives, and nonverbal communication..
COMM 5252: Cross-Cultural Communication: Theory and Research
This seminar examines diverse approaches to understanding the interrelationships among communication, identity, treatment adherence, and behavioral changes.  Related topics include the ways in which identity concepts help to account for meanings of medication, adherence to regimens, and prevention issues. We also will sample from research that examines theories for behavioral changes in health contexts.
COMM 5242: Language Perspectives of Communication
This course examines a number of perspectives that see language (a) as connected to culture and communication and (b) as a resource for and a product of the construction of the communicative contexts. Sample theories covered in this class include: language and identity, rhetorical and cultural perspectives of language and social interaction, speech act theory, implicatures, cross-cultural speech acts, conversation analysis, language and social reality, pragmatic and performative use of language, language ideologies, and methodological problems in language studies.
COMM 5212: Interpersonal Communication
This course takes a detailed look at specific theories within the sphere of interpersonal and relational communication. This course explores various theoretical approaches including a range of socio-emotional, nonverbal, socio-linguistic theories in understanding human interaction in close interpersonal relationships and examine interpersonal communication in various contexts (e.g., family relationships, romantic relationships, and other applied settings). This course examines the history and rich findings of interpersonal-related issues as well as critical reflections about the current status and future directions of interpersonal communication.
COMM 4413: Issues in Health Communication
This is a thematic course, which focuses on in-depth, context-specific, health-related research and theories. Introduces various themes that are important in health communication, with particular focuses on interpersonal (e.g., social support, uncertainty management, provider-patient communication), cross-cultural (e.g., cross-cultural health care and illness ideology), and organizational (e.g., HMOs and risk communication) contexts. [Recipient of the Longmire Prize]
COMM 4153: Nonverbal Communication
This course provides an overview of nonverbal communication theories and incorporates application and skill development into its curriculum. Sample topics covered in the class include the theoretical development and findings and in various nonverbal codes (e.g., proxemics, kinesics, facial/eye behaviors, etc.), male-female differences, impression management, cross-cultural communication, deception, and communication competence.
COMM 3810: Intercultural Communication in Health Contexts
This course examines the basic theories and principles of communication in intercultural and health care contexts. This course views health care settings as a rich environment that allows the students to conceptualize the different perspectives and systems of culture. This course provides an overview of health communication theories and incorporates practical applications (e.g., skill development) into its curriculum. Sample topics covered in the class include: health literacy, health disparity, patient advocacy, provider-patient communication, health campaigns, minorities in health care settings, HMOs and health care policies.
COMM 3313: Communication and Public Health
This course is designed to introduce students to concepts fundamental to the understanding of human health behavior and health promotion. Describes prevalent health behavior, psychosocial, and psychological theories of behavior change used by health educators and researchers in a variety of contexts. It includes an examination of several individual-based, social-based, organization-based, and eco-social theories, including the Health Belief Model, the Theory of Planned Behavior, the Transtheoretical Model, Decision-Making, Social Support, Social Learning Theory, and Diffusion of Innovations. Knowledge of these theories should help inform the design of research and program interventions based on psycho-biological, social, cultural and organizational frameworks. In addition, students work in groups to collaborate with local communities in designing and executing a theory-driven health campaign that meets the needs of the local communities.
COMM 2213: Interpersonal Communication
This course provides an overview of interpersonal communication theories and incorporates application and skill development into its curriculum. Sample concepts covered in the class include nonverbal communication, identity, politeness theory, social support, self-disclosure, and conflict management.
COMM 1113: Principles of Communication
This course provides an overview of interpersonal interactions in everyday life and focuses on developing knowledge and skills to examine everyday interactions critically and reflectively. Sample concepts covered in the class include cross-cultural interactions, speech act theory, power and social systems, identity management, front/back regions, and uncertainty management.
University of Illinois
CMN595: Cultural Consierations in Health Communication
Gradaute Seminar for the Online Master of Science in Communication with a specialization in Health Communication.
CMN505: Provider-Patient Communication
Gradaute Seminar for the Online Master of Science in Communication with a specialization in Health Communication.
CMN496: Advanced Topics in Health Communication
Gradaute Seminar for the Online Master of Science in Communication with a specialization in Health Communication.
SpCom 230: Interpersonal Communication
This course provides an overview of interpersonal communication theories and incorporates application and skill development into its curriculum. Sample concepts covered in the class include nonverbal communication, identity, politeness theory, social support, self-disclosure, and conflict management.
SpCom 101: Principles of Effective Speaking
This course is designed to develop oral presentation skills, including thought organization and structure, argument development, and delivery techniques.
York University, Canada
GS/INTE5735B: Healthcare Interpreting II: English/Mandarin 
This course prepares students for the specific demands of interpreting for the health care settings. It explores the various roles, relationships, communicative tasks in interpreter-mediated medical encounters and examines the diverse communicative strategies available to interpreters. By incorporating theories into the practice of interpreting in health care settings, interpreters can develop wide-ranging skill sets to meet the competing, if not conflicting, demands in health care settings.  
Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan Invited Graduate Seminar:
Intercultural Communication and Translation/Interpretation Studies

This course provides an overview of intercultural communication theories and incorporates the recent development and findings of translation and interpreting studies into the discussion and examination of intercultural communication. The course aims to provide students with a broad understanding of communicative approaches to translation/interpretation studies and suggest new theoretical/methodological issues that can complement the current landscape of translation and interpretation studies. Sample concepts covered in the class include language ideology and cultures, speech act theory, discourse pragmatics, agency in discursive processes, and qualitative research methods. [Spring, 2010]

  

Teaching Interests

  1. Health Communication

  2. Language and Social Interaction

  3. Interpersonal Communication

  4. Cross-Cultural Communication